Bernard Khoury, a young and prominent architect born and bred in Lebanon; has truly elevated the standards of urban culture in Beirut, and has raised the bar with his show-stopping designs, and creative state of the art innovation of buildings worth a million pages of praise. Born in 1968,Bernard‘s father Khalil Khoury was also an architect and designer, working with concrete, furniture items, and taking part in the construction of Beirut’s Downtown.
Bernard was raised in a time of great political conflict, hence traveling abroad during his younger years, and obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his master’s degree from none other than The University of Harvard; excelling both at the academics as well as later on the creative level.
The architect’s initial success unveiled with his completion of the B018 nightclub at Beirut Quarantine, an underground locale for the trendy Lebanese youth. B018 is most popularly known from its retractable mirror ceiling; a head turner during the late 1990’s party scene. The locale he created for B018 stood its grounds and still to this day is one of Beirut’s most trendy places to visit. Even garnering global impact as one of the most ground breaking and well designed locales for party goers. He continued to create great concepts through his production of Centrale in Ashrafyeh, as well as Black Box in Jal El Dib.
Khoury‘s dedication and hard work did not only garner a great reputation among his community, it also expanded and enticed his self proclaimed work onto the European, and Arab market. He has produced residential and commercial architecture in Egypt, Italy, England, Berlin, and Bahrain. He is also an active instructor, extending his knowledge in urban culture and architecture to the students of the American University of Beirut as well as L’Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausane, and L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris.
Bernard‘s reputable work has garnered him a number of awards and titles. He was known for being the Johnny Walker Giant, and he was awarded a CNBC award in 2008, as well as a Borromini Prize granted by the Rome Municipality, as a part of the special mention for Architects under forty years of age. We are proud to have such brilliant individuals creating visual and concrete images of hope and beauty for Lebanese people, after all one of the most important factors for a country’s aesthetic is its architecture scene.
Visit Bernard Khoury’s website to see more of his work, and to stay updated on his latest project.